Leadership Summit

School and District Leaders – Are you looking for ways to bring new energy to growth and leadership in your school district? You will not want to miss this experience with Dr. John Skretta, ESU 6 Administrator, and Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools. Join us Wednesday afternoon/evening for a bus tour to Howard Kennedy Elementary & MCC Fort Omaha Campus CAET (Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology) Building followed by dinner and a keynote from Dr. Skretta on Balanced Leadership in a Frenetic World and on Thursday to hear from Thomas C. Murray on Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that impact a lifetime.

Balanced Leadership in a Frenetic World
Dr. John Skretta

The proliferation of tech tools and dynamic advancements in educational technology have created opportunities for personal growth and professional productivity like never before. From meditation apps to productivity tools, the digital universe offers ‘virtual help.’ Unfortunately, these same tools can overwhelm us and distract us from the core principles and practices of sound leadership if we are not intentional in our approach. The fast-paced, change-oriented environment that serves as the genesis for so much tech innovation can also produce a sense of fatigue for users and stress for leaders. This talk will focus on how mindful leadership and presence remain core leadership traits — and how, properly applied, technology can serve as an accelerant to personal fulfillment and professional accomplishment.

Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime
Thomas C. Murray

Recent work in the learning sciences has helped paint a detailed picture of what it is kids need to thrive. Grounded in relationships, and built upon a culture for learning, personal and authentic experiences respect the hidden stories within each child and are learner-centered by design. These experiences are filled with moments of awe, and the learning is inherently relevant and contextualized. Appropriate levels of flexibility in pace and path are granted so that agency can develop, while authentic feedback ensures fidelity in the learning process. To support the personal and authentic experience, spaces and tools are leveraged in evidence-based, meaningful ways. 

Throughout this summit, leaders will:

  • Reflect on their own leadership and what aspects help or hinder those they lead
  • Explore ways to create cultures of innovation and risk-taking
  • Explore a framework to identify practical ways to make learning Personal & Authentic
  • Identify issues related to equity in access and opportunity
  • Leave motivated to continue the needed work in your school or district moving forward.

The work is hard, but our kids are worth it! Join Thomas C. Murray for this hands-on, engaging summit!


You will have the opportunity to select which day(s) you are able to attend. Only able to attend Wednesday, great! Only, able to attend Thursday, we’d love to have you! Able to attend both, fantastic!!! We also offer a discount for Friday conference registration. All information may be found on the registration site.

March 25, 2020 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
March 26, 2020 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.